DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – The Florida Southern men's basketball team, ranked No. 18 in the first NABC national coaches' poll, never led in a 106-95 loss in the Sunshine state Conference opener at Embry Riddle. The Mocs would trail by as many as 17 points before trimming the lead to just two, but could not muster enough to take the lead.
Four Mocs scored in double figures tonight, led by junior forward Jalyn Hinton's team-high 23 points. Senior guard Brett Hanson added 19, followed closely by sophomore guard Jair Rodgers with 18 and sophomore guard E.J. Dambreville with 17.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Host Embry Riddle (6-0, 1-0 SSC) scored the first eight points of the game, before Florida Southern's Dambreville drained a three-pointer from the right side.
- Hanson would make a free throw at the 15:56 mark to pull within three at 12-9.
- From there, the Mocs (3-1, 0-1 SSC) would go cold, as the Eagles heated up, going on a 16-5 run to push the lead to 14 points, at 28-14, with 10:55 remaining in the first half.
- The lead would swell to as many as 16 points at 36-20.
- Florida Southern would finally find their shooting stroke, using a 13-2 run to pull back to within six, at 42-36. Hanson would score six points during that stretch, with Hinton adding four.
- With 1:36 to play in the first half, senior bigman Jack Rauch made a pair of free throws to trim the lead to five points, at 45-40.
- The Eagles would end the half on an 8-0 run, and lead 53-40 at intermission.
- The lead would remain in double digits early in the second half, until Rodgers made a triple with 17:01 to play in regulation.
- Minutes later, Rodgers would go on a personal 5-0 run to slash the lead to seven points, at 71-64.
- With the score 80-70, a Moc 10-3 run was triggered by a pair of Hinton dunks, and Southern gained some momentum. Suddenly, the score was 83-80 with 7:10 to play.
- A Rodgers three-pointer would eventually cut the lead to just two points, at 87-85, with just over six minutes remaining. But the Mocs would get no closer.
- The Eagles would go on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to take a commanding lead.
- The Mocs would rally, trimming the lead to just seven points at 100-93, on a layup by Hinton.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The Mocs never led in the game.
- ERAU dominated on the boards tonight, out-rebounding FSC 53-39.
- The Eagles had 21 offensive rebounds, allowing the hosts to score 36 second chance points.
- By contrast, FSC had 10 offensive rebounds, leading to just nine second chance points.
- Hinton's 23 points tonight are a season high.
- Hinton had Southern's sole double-double, adding 15 rebounds to go with six assists and four blocked shots.
- Hanson has now scored at least 19 points in three of the team's four games this season.
- Embry-Riddle scored 106 points tonight, above their season average of 99.8 points per game. It was the fourth consecutive game where the Eales scored at least 100 points.
- FSC entered the contest averaging 88.0 ppg, and scored 95 tonight. The Mocs have scored at least 92 points in three of their four games this season.
- The last time Florida Southern allowed at least 100 points was March 2, 2019, when FSC beat Rollins, 105-100.
- The Mocs continue a five-game road swing, heading to Miami Shores to face SSC foe Barry University on Saturday, November 23.